With 187 miles of safety improvements completed on South Carolina’s rural roads this past year, the state Department of Transportation (SCDOT) is getting ready to begin the next phase of its Rural Road Safety Program.
SCDOT statistics show nearly 30 percent of deadly and serious-injury crashes occur on five percent — or approximately 1,900 miles — of its more than 41,000 miles of state-maintained roads. Transportation Secretary Christy Hall said South Carolina leads the nation in death rates for its rural roads.
“The common element to these, that we find, are the types of crashes,” Program Manager Bryan Jones said. “Most of the crashes on these roads or more than half of the crashes on these roads are road departures. And of those that leave the road, they’re hitting fixed objects.”
The program’s first phase still includes improvements to another 276 miles of rural highways. The state Transportation Commission’s recent approval of the second phase would add 446 additional miles of safety improvements across South Carolina. More than 900 overall miles have been approved for development. [Read more…]